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The Tibbetts surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the Old French personal name Theobald, which comes from the Germanic name Theudebald. It probably came to England in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066, when King William actively encouraged immigration of skilled craftsmen and administrators from the continent. Theobald means "people bold" and was a common continental name. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries. This particular patronym is derived from a diminutive of the name Theobald; a common diminutive of Theobald was Tib, Tib-et is a double diminutive (a diminutive of a diminutive) of the name.
The surname Tibbetts was first found in Northampton where they were believed to be seated since shortly after the Conquest in 1066.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Tibbetts are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tibbetts include: Tibbits, Tibbets, Tibbit, Tibbet and others.
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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Tibbetts or a variant listed above:
Tibbetts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Tibbetts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Tibbetts Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Tibbetts Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The Tibbetts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tibbetts Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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